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Welcome to the Cooking with C.C. Blog. I will be discussing all things food and travel related. Be sure to join me for information from recipes, cookbooks, restaurants and places to visit. I look forward to hearing from you!

Huntsville Restaurant Week

This week is Huntsville Restaurant Week 2015. For 10 days, participating restaurants have fixed price menu specials for lunch and/or dinner. Lunch specials are $5, $10 or $15 and include a main course with an appetizer or dessert. The dinner specials run $10, $20 or $30 and include an appetizer, main course and a dessert. With more than 60 business participating, you are sure to find something for everyone. For the list of restaurants and the menus, see the Huntsville Restaurant Week website. We decided to venture out for BBQ. There are several BBQ restaurants participating including Lawlers and New Market BBQ. Since Lawlers is closer to our house, we headed to Lawlers for their restaurant week special - a pork plate with two sides, large drink and pecan or chocolate pie for $10. Huntsville has also seen a marked increase in food trucks. Many years ago, food trucks were not seen as a source of gourmet or cutting edge food - they were more for basic, cheap lunch food. Places like Portland Oregon have institutionalized food trucks by creating "pods" or permanent places for food trucks to park. The new crop of Huntsville food trucks has brought an amazing…

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The best way to learn more about wine

Aristotle said that "the whole is greater than the sum of its parts." This statement holds true when we combine different flavors and dishes. It also applies to pairing wines with food. It's not just the flavors that create the synergy, but also other aspects of the pairing. An acidic chenin blanc with certain fish, a big cabernet with a great steak and many more. There are several steps in learning about all of these flavors - an important step is to learn about how wine is made and the different elements of the wine and how that interacts with different flavors. My first real experience with wine was while I was traveling in Europe and visited a winery on the Mosel with a friend of mine who had moved back to Germany. The winery was owned by some of his relatives. When we arrived, I was treated as an honored guest and they had me try a number of their wines, pulling out some of their best Rieslings. The family has been growing grapes and making wines at the same location since the 1500's. After we tasted, they invited us upstairs (their house was above the wine storage and…

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